Monday, 9 July 2012

Hoar Frost

Brrr! It's cold.
There's a hoar frost outside.
The third one so far these holidays, 
but this one is hanging around.
Pretty, but cold.


False thorns. 

The trees become a fairy wonderland.

Chestnut Burr


Scottish bard Robbie Burns wrote in “To A Mouse” (1785)

To thole the Winter's sleety dribble, 
An' cranreuch cauld!

(thole = to endure; dribble = drizzle; cranreuch = hoar frost; cauld = cold)


A Hoar Frost occurs when the outside temperature is frosty
and it is foggy.
Ice particles float around in the air and stick to objects, 
building up particles until the layers resemble spiky thorns.

When the sun comes out, particles of frost can be seen 
floating and twinkling in the air.

When you breathe in, you can feel it hitting the back of your throat, 
and I am always reminded of 
"The Snow Queen," by Hans Christian Anderson,
 when Kay gets hit by a mirror shard, 
that ends up in his heart.

To find out more about the formation of hoar frost check out this site.

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